Tokyo: A Japanese army Apache attack helicopter crashed in Western Japan on Monday, Killing one of two people on board and sparking a fire in a residential area near a school and a nursery, media said.
The crash comes amid heightened scrutiny of military flights following a series of emergency landings and parts falling from aircraft operated by the U.S Marines on the southern island of Okinawa.
The Ground Self Defence Force helicopter, built by Boeing Co, came down in Saga prefecture during training, Minister of Defence Itsunori Onodera said in comments aired by public broadcaster NHK. The second person on the helicopter was missing. Live images aired by NHK showed firefighters dousing a house as smoke billowed from its roof and windows.